PCC John Campion returned to Pershore, following his Community Conversation in May, to provide an update to residents following a call for change.
It was clear from the first Community Conversation that residents were unhappy with the service they were receiving and wanted to see change.
The meeting, which took place on Wednesday 15 November, saw the PCC report back on the results from his second of two bespoke surveys. The survey gave residents the opportunity to explain whether they had felt the impact of improvements in local policing. 38% of respondents believe that ASB is not a problem/not a very big problem in and around Pershore town, an 11% increase since the last survey.
The PCC was also joined by West Mercia Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Alex Murray and South Worcestershire Area Commander, Superintendent Rebecca Love, who gave an update on the work being done in and around Pershore to tackle concerns and improve the visibility and accessibility of officers.
Although improvements have been seen, it is clear that residents are still not completely satisfied with the service they are receiving. The PCC will continue to support and challenge the Chief Constable to ensure the public receive the service both he and they expect from officers of West Mercia Police.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I want to thank those who attended, as well as West Mercia Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Alex Murray who heard first-hand the concerns of the community.
“When I hosted my first Community Conversation it was clear that residents felt that their concerns and priorities weren’t being addressed.
“I welcome the positive changes since then, but it is clear there is still work to do. I will ensure we build on these improvements and continue to work in partnership to ensure we rebuild confidence with the public to ensure they get the service they both need and deserve.”
T/Chief Constable Alex Murray said: “It was a pleasure for me to go on patrol in Pershore. The survey shows there is clearly more for us to do and I want to reassure the community we’re committed to tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and road safety issues in Pershore and beyond.”